The Nikon D3400 is the company’s latest device aimed at the entry level market. Read on as we take a look at what has changed and what is new.
Design and build of the Nikon D3400
The design is very similar to the previous D3300. A Polycarbonate construction is used for the camera. It weighs only 445g (without the battery) making it quite light and offers plenty of grip so you won’t have to worry about dropping it. There is soft rubber around the grip that helps improve the feel. The buttons are easy to grip and use.
The Nikon D3400 has a 11-point Multi CAM 1000 AF system that comes with 3 D tracking. The autofocus is extremely quiet and works fast in good lighting conditions. Of course, the speed drops when it comes to low light scenarios. The built in guide mode makes the controls easy to figure out for a beginner.
Performance of the Nikon D3400
The camera has SnapBridge connectivity for image transfer and a battery that can last 1200 shots. The Auto White Balance works well, with just a few errors. It works better than expected under artificial lighting. It can do burst photography at 5fps. While its not excellent, it is good enough for most situations. The viewfinder delivers clear images while the LCD display is not touch screen and is fixed in place. There is no 4K video but the Full HD gives good shots. The sensor is a 24.2 MP sensor that is capable of delivering excellent levels of detail.
Nikon’s Picture Control options provide a sensible array of colour options, such as Standard, Vivid and Flat. Flat is a mode found in the more expensive Nikon cameras and it is nice to see the feature in the entry level D3400.
The Nikon D3400 sells at $499.95.